Welcome to the final day of SXSW Eco 2013! Below are some highlights of the morning. Make sure to download the mobile app and explore the full schedule of events. You can also sort sessions by our eight conference themes: Behavior, Business, Climate Change, Design, Energy, Food & Ag, Land & Water and Policy & Activism. Below are some picks for the day. Share your SXSW Eco experience with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you can't be in Austin, check out this page to watch some of our exceptional 2013 programming live.
8:00AM Explore the Texas Hill Country with the Sierra Club in their guided hike of Bright Leaf Preserve.
9:30AM This morning's Wake Up Call features Cara Pike of Climate Access and Rev.Lennox Yearwood Jr. of the Hip Hop Caucus discussing barriers to engagement and how various groups are becoming climate change activists.
10:45AM A nice follow up to the morning's Wake Up Call, Sparking Climate Interest & Action in Communities brings together experts in the corporate and nonprofit sectors to how unexpected public-private partnerships can be employed to encourage communities to become energy savvy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Looking for something more in depth? Attend the two-hour workshop Digital Communication in the Age of Interactivity to learn how to maximize data visualization, web technologies and other digital tools for communication.
11:05AM Daniel Goldfarb of Greenstart discusses how startups can excel through good design in our second Straight to the Point of the day, Letting Your Customers Lead: Design Research for Startups. Stick around the Austin Suite for Charity vs. Market Development in the Emerging World at 11:25AM with Cordell Jacks and Jim McHale.
12:00PM SXCycles opens at Brush Square park and remains open until 10PM. Presented by the City of Austin's Office of Sustainability, this bike rental service is free for all registrants! In the panels world, explore the full potential of urban green space in City Solutions: Upcycling Our Urban Ecosystems or head to the coast and hear how tech is changing our interactions with the sea in Blue Tools: Inclusive Tech for Ocean Health. Also at noon, get close-up time with investors and VC's in the Startup Central Breakout Sessions signups begin at 10AM outside of Ballroom C.
12:20PM The effects of modern consumers and social media on the energy utility industry are examined by Austin Energy's Larry Weis in one of today's Straight to the Point sessions. Larry is followed by Mitch Tobin of Ecowest at 12:40, who will discuss Visualizing Environmental Trends.
1:00PM Join a guided tour of Austin's new and striking public art installation THIRST over the lunch hour. Attendees will have the option to bike or ride to the Lamar Street Pedestrian bridge for a description of the work by the artists behind this stunning piece. Also at this time are booksignings by Karen Thompson Walker, Eric Enno and Heather Venhaus in the 3rd Floor palazzo.
Photo of Austin by Carrie Beitzel